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The finish line is a shifty Thing and what is life, but reckoning?
Ani DiFranco

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Gotta acknowledge that bright side.

I have had a stressful week leading up to my first ultra. I quit my job, got a new one and caught a nasty stomach bug. I have also been compulsively checking the race day forecast and it changes frequently. First it said sunny, high of 56, that was cool. Then I just I had to check again a day later and thunderstorms were forecasted for the whole day. Then I checked again and it said high of 70, partly cloudy. Yikes. I don't know about 70. That's pretty freaking hot for me. Now it says high of 70, 20% chance of rain. And I don't care anymore. I'm not going to check again. The weather is going to do what it wants and there is nothing I can do about it. It's totally out of my hands. I've decided to bring every article of running gear I own and decide what to wear when I get there. So the weather is taken care of. Not an issue.

The stomach bug is (I think) gone from here. I spent the wee hours of Sunday morning with my ass on the toilet and my head in a mop bucket. It was intense! Both ends, I tell ya! My husband and son both caught and rid themselves of the virus before I did, so I had a little time to prep myself. I knew it was coming so I just snuggled up close to my boys, inhaled the little bitch and said, "Bring it!" so I could get it fast and then get over it. I got it the worst of all three of us. Today (Wednesday), I am venturing to say my body is back to normal. I slammed Pedialyte yesterday to re-hydrate and I think it worked. Today's goal is to EAT and eat well. Oh, how I've missed solid food!

Now that I am able to leave the house, I have some errands to run. Then I need to gather all my gear and race food and pack it. I also need to clean the house so I have something pretty and sanitary to come home to. All that's left to do after that is relax and get happy! We leave for Fruita on Friday morning. I truly am excited to run my first ultra. There is something about doing a new distance that is simply exhilarating. Popping the distance cherry. I'm sure it will hurt in a good way.

PS: I lied about not checking the weather again. I just checked a different site and it said high 62, partly cloudy. Not bad! But I still don't care. :)


Apr 17
Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy


Partly Cloudy. High 62F and low 40F. Winds SE at 17 mph. Air Quality:NA, UV Index:7



tara said...

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! You are going to do amazing, I am busting with excitement for you. Good idea on just taking all of your gear and deciding there. Go Marny Go. Oh and thank you Brian for the updates.

Brian said...

Simmer down. It's Fruita, the weather will be spectacular.

Barefoot AngieB said...

So excited for you! Hope your health and weather cooperate for you!
I always clean before I leave on a road trip so I come home to a clean nice house :)

Bethany said...

You are going to be awesome!!! I'm so excited for you!!! Totally looking forward to hearing the updates!!!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

you are doing an ultra this weekend. dang! i knew you were doing one, i just forgot it's this weekend. holy moly!

You are gonna rock the house girl. all this stomach stuff will be figured out by then, which ultra is it again so we can follow you?

Anonymous said...

This scares me just reading about it. The Ultra, not the stomach bug. What can I say to wish you good luck when I know you've trained so well it won't be luck that brings you in to the finish line? Umm...break a leg? Seems harsh! HAVE FUN, BE SAFE and take pics if you can!! Can't wait to hear the details!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

saw you posted i think your ultra, but it's not coming up.

hope to read it soon;-)